My theory of Obama as Bush III keeps getting more support. The latest was Obama’s criticism of McCain because a controversial comedian supports him. Apparently Obama forgot that Al Franken is running for Senate.
It’s not that Obama voted for rape jokes before voting against them. Rather, Obama didn’t think about the issue at all. He found a potential opening against McCain, didn’t consider what constitutes comedy, didn’t consider who his own prominent supporters were, and so attacked. Obama lept before he looked, in other words.
This sort of stuff makes me more comfortable with Obama. We as a country seem to do well when our politicians are relatively incompetent — when the difference in skill between corporate leadres and political leaders is most apparent, in other words. Hence we had a pretty good run under the legacy hire, George W. Bush. If Obama’s elected President for braving telling people not to celebrate too much for graduating the eight grade, there’s every sign Bush II will naturally transition to Bush III.
Obama’s “Bush III” habits also promise to protect us from his own bad ideas. If he really thinks that the Nazis convicted at Nuremberg had recourse to the federal district courts, then it’s not too likely he will look twice when his aides and advisers assure him whatever they suggest is in line with best practices.